AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction clean elections debate


    Citizens Clean Elections debate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on theClean Elections website within 72 hours after they occur. The videos will remain online for voters to watch throughout the election. The debate will also be available on Arizona PBS’ website.

    Carolyn’s note 9/6/18:  Arizona primary elections results finally determined with Republican Frank Riggs winning by small margin of 359 votes over other candidate Bob Branch, leaving incumbent Superintendent Diane Douglas in 3rd place.  Riggs is a former Congressman from California, and also ran for Governor in the Republican Primary of 2014 (came in last in a 6 way race).

    On the Democratic side, teacher Kathy Hoffman has prevailed over Tempe Councilman David Schapira.

    Kathy Hoffman is An advocate for special needs children, mainstreaming ELL students in order to achieve immersion, and protecting the safety and rights of students in the LGBTQ community.
    Kathy Hoffman
    Frank Riggs


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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